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FREE Inaugural tours of Le Diamant

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Photo: Screenshot from Le Diamant website

  To celebrate the opening of Le Diamant, Robert Lepage’s new theatre in

Catch me, if you can, at Domaine de Maizerets

Photos by Danielle Burns

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The six FLIP Fabrique performers in Attrape-Moi are having a ball juggling, dancing, jumping on trampolines and more at MaizRêve, the Maizerets neighbourhood festival. 

Experience Wildlife Concerts at Forêt Montmorency

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Photo: Université Laval

For the 13th year, Forêt Montmorency presents its famous Wildlife Concerts. Unique in North America, these unusual 90-minute concerts are musical interpretations of nature to honour the life and sounds of the boreal forest at dusk on Saturday evenings.

Jesse Cooke takes Domaine Forget by storm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Canadian acoustic guitar virtuoso Jesse Cooke gave an outstanding performance at the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée on Aug. 17.

Accompanied by his band of four, he played his signature combination of flamenco, jazz and many forms of world music.

Arts Alive! Québec festival thrives at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Morrin Centre held its fifth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival on Aug. 2 and 3. The Old Town was absolutely crawling with visitors and residents alike as the Nouvelle-France festival was happening just a few blocks away.

Quebecers celebrate their rich heritage during spectacular Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers and the Old Town went back to their origins for four days at the 23rd edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF). From Aug. 1 to 4, locals became soldiers, peasants, bourgeois, nobles and even royals of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Visitors fully enjoyed the parade along Grande Allée on Aug. 1, and the New France “village” in the Parc de l’Esplanade until Aug. 4.

Jealous lovers duke it out at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, and the Sandra and Alain Bouchard auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec is sold out. The audience are there to see a humorous recital of L’Amant jaloux ou Les fausses apparences, which was composed by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) and features excerpts of works by Mozart, Méhul and Devienne, among others.

Les Noces de Figaro ties the knot at La Bordée theatre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec continued on July 29, 31 and Aug. 2 with three presentations of an adapted version of Mozart’s comic opera Les Noces de Figaro / The Marriage of Figaro at La Bordée theatre.

FLIP Fabrique draws a big crowd at Place Jean-Béliveau

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

FLIP Fabrique has found a new home in a more spacious venue for its summer performances. The local circus group has moved to Place Jean-Béliveau in front of the Videotron Centre, and transformed the area into an abandoned amusement park, complete with wooden ramps.

Quebec opera festival opens with Tempêtes & Passions

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

More than an hour before the doors of the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone opened, fans hoping to get a front-row seat inside were lined up at the door of the museum in Old Quebec. Admission was free to this first event of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec.

Le Vaisseau fantôme conquers the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s no mean feat to fill the vast stage area of the Grand Théâtre, but during scenes from the Festival d’Opéra de Québec’s magnificent production of German composer Richard Wagner’s Le Vaisseau fantôme (The Flying Dutchman) the space, while not exactly rendered intimate, was stunningly conquered.

Back Alley Jazz & Gin served up at Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Michael Fournier

The Back Alley jazz band made its debut at the Salle d’Youville of the Palais Montcalm on July 18. Singers Vanessa Bergeron and Zita Bombardier-Touret, accompanied by Félix Dubé (piano), Olivier Garand (bass), Raphaël Dubois (trumpet) and Gaétan Paquette (drums), gave a sizzling concert.

Morrin Centre’s Arts Alive! festival sprouts an enchanted garden

The Morrin Centre invites you to discover exciting, new activities during its fifth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival. On Aug. 2 and 3, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub will host several performances, concerts, and workshops, proudly featuring Quebec City-based artists. This year’s programming explores nature and dreams with events on the theme: “The Garden of Live Flowers.”

Enjoying a musical weekend at the Domaine Forget

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A little getaway to the country led to the discovery of the amazing Emerson String Quartet performing at the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée on July 19.

Wagner’s Flying Dutchman docks at Quebec opera festival

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Photo: Peter Black

One of the most complex and spectacular productions ever mounted at the Grand Théâtre, Richard Wagner’s Le Vaisseau fantôme (The Flying Dutchman in English, Der fliegende Holländer in German), is ready to take Quebec opera fans on a thrilling voyage “combining epic tales, supernatural worlds and remarkable scenic effects.”

Celtic Festival planned for September 2019

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Photo: Festival celtique de Québec

The Quebec City Celtic Festival / Festival celtique de Québec (FCQ) has revealed the preliminary programming of its 14th edition. The festival will be held from Sept. 5 to 8, mainly at the enchanting Domaine de Maizerets. Certain activities will still take place in Old Quebec, specifically on Rue Saint-Jean.

Mother Nature slays Imagine Dragons at FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There was almost no room in front of the Bell Stage on July 13. Despite weather warnings, people had been lined up for hours. Some had driven hundreds of kilometres to see Imagine Dragons, a concert on the roster of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). To everyone’s disappointment, Mother Nature created a repeat of the Foo Fighters’ 2015 concert, to the day.

A dazzling Mariah Carey sings through the rain

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

July 11 was a sparkling evening on the Plains of Abraham, despite the rain and dense clouds. Mariah Carey stepped onto the Bell Stage in a form-fitting short silver dress, reflecting the shining star that she is. With more than 150 million albums sold worldwide, the queen of R&B had arrived at the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ).

Bluesman Buddy Guy’s still got it at 82

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Photo: Peter Black

He turns 83 on July 30, so Buddy Guy has more than earned the right to sing the blues and claim the title of the last of the great bluesmen, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and their ilk having already ascended to the big three-chord progression in the sky.

Blink-182 celebrates 20 years and closes FEQ 2019

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

No band could have closed the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec better than the punk rock group from California, Blink-182. The songs of this iconic 1990s-2000s trio are etched in people’s minds, proven by the tens of thousands who attended the 20th anniversary of the Enema of the State concert on July 14. For many, this renowned album was the main attraction to the Blink-182 show.

The Offspring thrills FEQ crowds

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After a 30-minute delay, spectators were more than happy to see The Offspring appear on the Bell Stage. As part of the closing program of the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ), the band opened with “Americana,” the title song of their album of the same name.

25th Grands Feux Loto-Québec: fireworks, dance, music and movies

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There are just a couple of weeks to go before fireworks explode over the St. Lawrence River. From July 31 to Aug. 24, hundreds of thousands of spectators both old and young, from near and far, will gather along the river’s banks and at the designated sites – Quai Paquet in Lévis and Place des Canotiers in Quebec City.

Quebec rugby and soccer teams lead their leagues right across the province

The Club de Rugby de Québec (CRQ) and the Québec Dynamo soccer players are enjoying a great summer on their respective pitches, across the province.

The CRQ women lead Quebec’s Women’s Super League and have an unbeaten record. On July 13, the CRQ team won 38-10 over the Barrhaven Scottish club from Ottawa, for their seventh straight win in as many games.

Corey Hart opens FEQ with high-energy performance

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

Pop star Corey Hart “never surrendered” to travel obstacles in his way, including being boxed in by traffic in Montreal. That was a very good thing for organizers of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) who had scrambled to have Hart fill in the abruptly vacant headliner spot on the opening Thursday of the monster festival.

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zep tribute band rock FEQ Saturday

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Photo: Photo by Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

The packed crowd for the July 6 show on the giant Festival d’Été Bell stage didn’t seem to mind that they were rocking out to essentially two big-name tribute bands.

Twenty One Pilots climbed to new heights at the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

They crowd-surfed, tower-climbed, changed their outfits and instruments, went down into the crowd and invited security guards to dance. Ohio band Twenty One Pilots know how to put on a show. They’ve seen their fair share of concerts, so lead vocalist and guitarist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun understand the importance of stage presence.

Mamma Mia! Here I go again . . . how can I forget ya!

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Photo: Salle Albert Rousseau

After a triumphant première in Montreal, the musical Mamma Mia! is coming to Quebec City’s Salle Albert-Rousseau with 21 presentations from Aug. 14 to Sept. 7. It is based on the music of ABBA’s greatest hits, composed by two members of the famous Swedish singing group. Anyone who lived through the 1970s and ’80s could sing most of the songs in this hit musical by heart.

A well-organized Musical Wednesday

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Photo: Maude Chauvin

The first of Chalmers-Wesley United Church’s Musical Wednesday noon-hour summer concerts, held on June 26, was an “organ-ized” success!

J-C Poitras and Libby Oliver examine fashion statements at MCQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Fashion, clothing, photography, cinema, family and travels complete the summer program at the Musée de la Civilisation (MCQ). Until Sept. 20, visitors can admire the significant and influential fashion pieces designed by Jean-Claude Poitras and Libby Oliver’s intimate photographs of people wearing their entire wardrobe.

Éric Lapointe has carte blanche to create his dream FEQ concert

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

For the seventh consecutive year, the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) and Bell Canada have given a Quebec artist carte blanche to create his dream concert. Quebec’s rock ’n’ roll icon Éric Lapointe is coming to the Plains of Abraham on July 9, and he won’t be alone.

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